We present our top 5 black dress substitutes for the festive season

The black dress holds eternal prominence in every capsule wardrobe round-up but come party season it suddenly takes on an unwavering style authority. This year, however, why not add to your after-dark fashion lexicon and opt for unexpected, inimitably stylish alternatives? From the new way to wear tuxedo tailoring to textures that promise to bring a new dimension to simple silhouettes, we present our top 5 black dress substitutes for the festive season.



If you’re yet to invest in the perfect tuxedo then now’s the time to do so, but think outside the box and mix and match colours and co-ords to create something unique. The satin Teya blazer comes in the palest of teal-grey hues and it has a subtle sheen to it that will pick up the stripe on the Beth trousers in a subtle yet elegant manner. Emphasise the texture with a dash of suede detailing or a faux-fur accessory to achieve optimum glamour.


2. The wide leg trousers

It’s one thing to fast track your look into the new season but to do it with an ironic nod to decades past as well? Now that’s commendable. Wide-leg trousers are well and truly having a moment and it’s sharply tailored iterations that we’ve seen steal the spotlight in many-a daywear inspiration post of late. When cut from rich velvet, however, they spark a certain 1990s nostalgia that feels suddenly right for evening. Team them with a metallic top and satin heels for a compelling mix of media.


Uncomplicated yet undeniably confident, the jumpsuit remains a key party season look this season and it’s our prediction that it will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. To take things in an unexpected direction though, we’re championing the dusky, blush-pink hue of the Kita style to bring a little colour to black tie dressing. Comprised of a beguiling mix of statement lace and satin, it’s not only an impactful option but a feminine one as well.

4.The STATEMENT skirt

Mixed media is a key AW17 look and there’s something beguiling about a piece that fuses print with texture – a combination that will elevate even the simplest of silhouettes and transform it into a statement piece. The Neelam skirt is a particularly impactful option; it’s cut to the season’s favourite midi length but with an asymmetric hem and it comes in a wearable dark colour palette of black and grey that works best with same-tone separates.   

5. The printed dress

If the invite dictates an outfit that will need to translate from day to night then a printed dress will make for a chic and appropriate option. Kick-start the event with a layered look involving a leather biker jacket and brave bare legs but style with leather ankle boots (you can always swap for something a touch more evening-ready when necessary). A mini shoulder bag – be it decorative or the one that you use for every day – will make an elegant yet practical addition.